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Law School Clinics Recognized in Story on UC Home Page

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Dec 1, 2010

The University of California system is highlighting its commitment to volunteerism with an article on its homepage,

The article reports on the Law School’s great clinical programs and quotes Professor Holly Cooper.

Here’s an excerpt:

Law students work pro bono

UC law schools provide an opportunity for students to work in clinics focusing on such areas as immigration, environmental and human rights legal. Students receive real-world experience and clients get legal assistance they couldn't otherwise afford.

Holly Cooper, associate director of the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, traveled to Haiti twice this year as part of a humanitarian mission after a devastating earthquake hit the country in January. She assisted people with critical injuries to petition the U.S. government to allow them into the country for medical treatment.

Providing free legal assistance "enhances the credibility of UC" by using resources to benefit the community, she said, and clinics such as hers can help students, staff and faculty as well.

"Hopefully we are a resource for students facing difficult issues — students who are undocumented or even citizens if a family member is facing deportation," Cooper said.

You can read the full article here:

Congratulations to the clinics and Professor Cooper on this well-deserved recognition!